Commentary

Wed
31
Jan
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BECOMING A CITIZEN

By Pete Abington

One easy answer about anyimmigrant remaining in the United States is simply for them to obtain citizenship. It really is quite easy and then we would all be playing by the same rules. With a few exceptions, first you must obtain a green card before you become eligible for citizenship. You must meet a few more requirements such as the length of time you spent in the U.S. as a green card holder, your moral character, your ability to pass a test in English and on U.S. History and government, and more. It really is not hard and a lot of people do it.

You might not be able to get a citizenship eligibility right now because you can’t show good moral character - like you have committed a minor crime (though not a major one enough to make you de-portable) or you have broken your continuity by spending too long outside the United States. There might be a few more minor steps but you can talk to the immigration authorities for full coverage.

 

Wed
24
Jan
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

During the past week, I have managed to see a wonderful movie at Parkway Cinema in Natchitoches and read a great book. I don’t really know how I managed to wedge them into my busy schedule of writing and visiting Mom every day at Sabine Retirement and Rehabilitation, but I did.

Vicki and Allen and I went to see “The Greatest Showman” starring Michelle Williams and Hugh Jackman and Hubby-dear strolled down the hall to “The Last Jedi”. He’s been an avid fan of Star Wars for 40 years and he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the newest episode!! Allen was the one in the dilemma. He felt like he should go with Hubby, but wanted to see the story of P.T. Barnum.

 

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Wed
17
Jan
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

DON’T QUIT

On November 9th, 2002, at Common Wells Stadium, LSU trailed Kentucky 30-27, with only two seconds left to play. The Tigers were at their own 25 and Kentucky was really celebrating. LSU had time for one desperation pass. LSU Quarterback Marcus Randall reared back and let the football fly, with all the arm strength he had. The ball sailed 68 yards and came down in “a blur of blue, white, gold colors”. A Wildcat safety got a finger on it, a linebacker also touched it, and a quarterback tipped it. The fourth and final player to touch the ball was LSU wide receiver Bevery Henderson. He snatched it out of the air at the 18 yard line, jiggled the ball several steps and then ran through an attempted tackle and into the end zone as time ran out. Henderson stated, “we practice that play every week, but it never works.”

Wed
17
Jan
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

“Congratulations!!” (In a cheery voice) “You’ve won a Caribbean cruise.”

“You’ve been selected to receive a free iPhone 8 Plus!”“

Great news. You are now eligible for a new insurance plan. ”

“This is a call about your credit card. While there is no problem now, we thought you’d be interested in reducing your debt.”

And the calls go on and on. Makes me not want to answer my phone.

Last week I received a call about paying off my student loans. I didn’t have any student loans and it’s been 45 years since I finished at Ole Miss.

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Wed
10
Jan
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Cold weather has hit Sabine Parish and many people are not happy. Some have threatened to stay inside by the fire, while others run in and out, carrying logs to the fire, going to work or to the store to replenish groceries.

My bones are aching, too!! The cold affects me differently than it did when I was a kid growing up in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Winter was a looked forward to season for all of us kids.

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Wed
03
Jan
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Christmas has come and gone and we still have a living room full of gifts that need to be delivered to Zachary and Youngsville. It looks like Santa will arrive down South sometime after the new year.

We had a small Christmas gathering several days after December 25 with Mom, my brother, hubby’s sister and the cat. No ham or turkey for us…we dined on salad, spaghetti with homemade sauce, French bread and cookies for dessert. I even got some extra egg nog!!

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

This past year has been busy!

Several of our “stand-out” moments included:

--Riding the train to Washington, D.C. from New Orleans in March. Our daughter-in-law had a conference in the nation’s capitol and before she knew it, our son (her husband) and her in-laws were game for a trip. It was marvelous and so much fun riding, eating and sleeping on the train! On the trip we were able to tour a number of Smithsonian attractions, see the Lincoln Memorial, go to the zoo and best of all, visit Daddy’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. After a whirlwind trip in the city, we rented a car and went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and spent two days in Amish Country! Hubby-dear even drove a horse and buggy!!

Wed
20
Dec
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PUBLIC SERVANTS?

by Pete Abington

Are these public servants? Several polls indicate that Congress’s approval rating comes in at a record low between 9% and 11%. A lot of these low poll numbers are driven by the fact that Congress is in control of setting the laws that individuals and corporations are governed by. They govern most everything including our nation’s economy. Our debt ceiling just keeps climbing.

What is really disconcerting is when you look at all the perks they give themselves. Few companies offer perks that compare to what Congress gets.

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

I don’t think I’ve ever been so behind in my Christmas shopping, activities, baking and wrapping. At this point, I am wondering if I will have everything done by December 25.

We have busy “participating” in activities for a month now. If it wasn’t narrating “The Hanging of the Green” at our church, or attending church programs, we were busy at Dirty Santa, shopping, Ultreya, where we swapped ornaments, buying items for the Louisiana Children’s Home or having a UMW Luncheon. Not to mention, shopping for Toys for Tots, separating my own gifts into stacks to wrap (not done yet), visiting Mom each day, doing laundry and trying to keep house (just a little), I wouldn’t have anything to do.

 

Wed
13
Dec
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Reflections: Dangerous Toys

By Jerry Pierce

A national consumer group is publicizing its annual list of most dangerous toys just in time for Christmas shopping. The biggest question raised by the products on the list is how somebody talked a toy company into manufacturing the things in the first place.

One of the items, for example, is something called Heel Wheels, which can transform a regular pair of kids’ shoes into roller skates. Those things have emergency room written all over them. By the way, a child in this country is treated in a hospital every three minutes for a toy-related injury according to an organization called World Against Toys Causing Harm. The Heel Wheels should drive those hospital visits up substantially.

 

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